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Ngā Pārongo mō te Mate Pukupuku Repetaiaki huka | Information about the pancreas and pancreatic cancer

Seeking information about the pancreas and pancreatic cancer can feel overwhelming or frightening, especially if you’re unsure about what’s ahead for you or a loved one. Having the right information can help lessen some of these feelings. Here you will find reliable information about the pancreas and pancreatic cancer along with diagnosis, symptoms, risks, treatment, side effects, diet and nutrition and some useful websites to visit.

 Mō te Repetaiaki huka | About the pancreas

The pancreas is a large gland that sits behind the stomach in the back of the abdomen. It is part of the digestive system. The pancreas produces enzymes and hormones that help digest and absorb the food we eat. The pancreas is shaped a bit like a tadpole. It is often described as having a head, body, and tail. 

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The pancreas is about 15cm (6 inches) long and is surrounded by several large and important organs and blood vessels. The head of the pancreas is closely attached to the duodenum (the top part of the small intestine). The pancreatic duct empties the enzymes and hormones that it has produced to help digest food, into the duodenum. The common bile duct that carries the bile from the liver also passes through the head of the pancreas to empty in the duodenum. The large blood vessels that carry blood to the liver, intestines, kidneys, and lower part of the body can all be in contact with the pancreas.


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